Monitor/Screen/Display Specs Explained ft. Display Resolution, Aspect Ratio, Ultrawide

alright you might think you know how to

buy a monitor but you might not

necessarily know everything there is to

know about the advantages and

disadvantages of the different available

resolutions and aspect ratios so that is

the point of today's video

quickly put display resolution is the

number of distinct pixels that a display

device can have displayed on it it can

be described as width by height with

units being measured in pixels so for

example 1920 by 1080 would mean a width

of 1920 pixels and the height of 1080

pixels now to be clear resolution

officially more technically means how

finally an image can be resolved and so

4k even though it's four times as many

pixels as 1080p would actually be twice

the resolution if you draw a line and

you cross X number of pixels it would be

2x so 1080p but since most people don't

really think about it that way we're

going to use the colloquial definition

of resolution which is the pixels by the

pixels now when talking about resolution

one can always expect to hear the term

aspect ratio brought up alongside it

this describes the proportional

relationship of the images width and

height so two of the most common aspect

ratios historically are four by three

and sixteen by nine four by three was

used in traditional televisions you know

the ones with the tubes on the back that

kids today might have never even seen

one where a sixteen by nine was and

still is used in digital broadcast TV

standards for widescreen now that the

basics are covered let's go over some of

the more sort of intricate things well

it's not really intricated so its basics

but what you guys might want to think

about if you're shopping for a monitor

so the first one is 1920 by 1080 versus

1920 by 1200 basically this is wide

versus like wide but like more tall so

tall wide has a ratio of 16 to 10 and

tall wide monitors are we're actually

the widescreen PC monitor standard until

the more TV centric aspect ratio of 16

by 9 came along you can still find tall

wide monitors like this asu's PA 248 Q

but they are not as abundant anymore

even though some people do prefer them

because a little bit of extra vertical

space is nice because it gives you just

that little bit more for you know I

don't know a larger taskbar or something

along those lines without taking away

vertical space from whatever it is

you're reading or working on

speaking of sixteen by nine which I went

off-script so we're not a 1080 versus

1440 what's the deal why should I spend

more money on a 27-inch 1440 resolution

or 2560 by 1440 monitor like the BenQ

gw2 765 HT versus a regular 27-inch 1080

monitor well I like to think about it

this way if I'm upgrading from a 1080p

24 inch to a 1080p 27 inch I'm really

just working with the same number of

pixels just on a larger screen so I

haven't actually gained any extra screen

real estate and the pixels are going to

be much larger so I'm gonna actually get

a worse pixel pitch and lower fineness

of the image compared to if I went with

a 27-inch monitor that also had a higher

resolution to go with its higher size

bigger size next up is ultra wide this

guy right here so we've recently seen an

influx of ultra wide monitors such as

LG's 25 um 65 P these are just monitors

that are well ultra wide I mean if

you've ever wondered why it is when you

watch HD movies sometimes you see those

black bars on the top and bottom even

though you have a widescreen monitor

well that's because the film industry

produces a lot of movies in what is very

close to a 21 by 9 aspect ratio and when

you're playing certain games or watching

these kinds of movies having a wild

field of view like this without bezels

in the way which would happen if you had

multiple LCDs in Eyefinity or Nvidia

surround can be much more immersive now

most ultra wide displays are using

standard resolutions but wider so

they're going to have 1080 vertical

pixels just like a 1080p monitor would

but then they'll have 2560 instead of

1920 wide and then the same goes for the

larger higher res 1440 tall ones that

are 34 40 wide instead of 2560 wide

alright so here's a curveball up until

now we've been talking about the

measurements of all these monitors

usually in terms of vertical pixels and

the industry standard so it's 1080p

which is

pixels but now with 2k 4k and even 5k

the terminology is changing which can

make things a little bit confusing 4k

for example is a term for displays that

have approximately 4,000 horizontal

pixels and then 2k would be about 2000

horizontal pixels or slightly higher

resolution than 1080p on and then 3k

3000 and so on and so forth but

unfortunately they the the 4k standard

is not very clear and is often misused

so most consumers even though they're

hearing 4k are actually usually talking

about Ultra HD which is 3840 by 2160

actual 4k has slightly more horizontal

pixels and is more for professional use

at this time so why not just stick to

the old naming scheme I guess 2160p just

didn't have the same ring to it as 1080p

did so yeah next time you're looking at

4k or 5k displays keep in mind that

that's the measurement of the horizontal

pixels or make life easy for yourself

and just find out exactly how many

horizontal and vertical it has so you

have a some idea of the fineness of the

image you're dealing with now one thing

to watch out for with these high

resolution displays especially ones that

are physically small but have many many

pixels on them is that not all operating

systems handle display scaling very well

so even though in theory like on apples

retina iMac 5k display the actual

elements are the same size like text for

example and they're just finer that's

not always the case and windows for

example especially some third-party

applications has a little bit of trouble

scaling text so that it's actually still

readable and instead of fine larger text

you end up with very very very small

text comprised of the same number of

pixels so that's yet another thing to

think about when you're shopping for a

monitor right now for Windows users the

sweet spot is kind of that 27 inch size

1440p or 34 inch size 1440p where it

still looks very fine but very readable

as long as you have good eyesight

but something to consider is maybe that

1080p 27-inch monitor is perfect for you

because you

like to have display elements blown up

and be able to see them better so thanks

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